New York City Mayor Eric Adams took another step toward snowflakedom recently, courtesy of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
On Friday, Adams declared that his city of nearly 9 million people is in the middle of a “humanitarian crisis” because the Republican leader of Texas has bused 17,000 illegal immigrants to the Big Apple.
Adams also announced a “state of emergency” because the city’s homeless shelters are overwhelmed in trying to aid the new arrivals.
“This is a humanitarian crisis that started with violence and instability in South America, and it is being accelerated by American political dynamics. Thousands of asylum seekers have been bused into New York City and simply dropped off without notice, coordination or care and more are arriving every day,” Adams said. “This crisis is not of our own making, but one that will affect everyone in this city, now and in the months ahead.”
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“New York City has helped them all, but extending that care has come at a great cost to our city and our people. The asylum seekers arriving here need more than a hot meal or a bed for a night. Without the ability to work legally in this country, they need long-term shelter, healthcare, and a great deal of institutional support. It is straining the limits of our ability to provide care for New Yorkers in need, and it is burning through our city’s budget,” he continued.
“Our right to shelter laws, our social services, and our values are being exploited by others for political gain. New Yorkers are angry. I am angry too. We have not asked for this. There was never any agreement to take on the job of supporting thousands of asylum seekers. This responsibility was simply handed to us without warning as buses began showing up. There’s no playbook for this, no precedent,” the Democratic mayor added.
“But despite all this, our city’s response has been nothing short of heroic. From setting up welcome centers, organizing housing, healthcare, and transportation, New York City agencies, and their community partners have done great work in the face of overwhelming need.”
Adams, however, should take this up with his own city leaders and residents instead of Gov. Abbott.
For one thing, New York declared itself a sanctuary city in 2014. That means it would no longer cooperate with the federal government in deporting illegals.
At the time, New York’s leaders raved about their own progressivism.
Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs Nisha Agarwal said in a statement, “We must stop the deportation of individuals who pose no threat to public safety. Integration—not deportation—will make our communities stronger and safer. We are ready to support the President [Barack Obama] when he takes action to reform aspects of our country’s immigration system and we will continue to champion sound, progressive policies at the local level that minimize inequality and create economic opportunities, safety, and stability for all.”
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Counsel to the Mayor Maya Wiley added, “All New York City residents, whether US-born citizens or undocumented immigrants, should be treated fairly and appropriately.”
Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley said, “New York City has always been a beacon of hope and opportunity for people around the world and I applaud the City for taking steps to ensure it remains welcoming to immigrants by enacting legislation that builds greater trust and encourages cooperation between our immigrant families and the law enforcement officials that protect them.”
Democratic Rep. Gregory Meeks added, “New York City has long been and should continue to be a destination for immigrants seeking a better life for themselves and their families.”
Moreover, not long ago, when President Donald Trump was cracking down on illegal immigration, New Yorkers, Democrats generally and the liberal media were quoting Emma Lazarus’ poem on the foot of the Statue of Liberty (in New York) as if it were part of the U.S. Constitution.
Yet Adams, as he admitted, is not angry that others — immigrants and Republican politicians — have taken the city and its history at its word.
One might think Adams might show compassion for the plight of border towns from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico instead of whining about the people he and his city promised to welcome.
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